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Victory 4×4 Roof Rack Review 5th Gen 4Runner

Updated 9/26/19 /

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Victory 4x4 Off-Road Full-Length Roof Rack: Review For the 5th Gen 4Runner

Victory 4×4 Off-Road Full-Length Roof Rack + Durable Crossbar Functionality: Review For the 5th Gen 4Runner

I was reluctant to put a roof rack on my 5th Gen 4Runner at first, but after my first wheeling/camping trip in the 4Runner, it was necessary.

I had a Prinsu rack on 2 of my previous Tacomas and while the rack served its purpose, I was completely unhappy with the Prinsu rack.

There were powder coat issues, hardware problems, and the noise was terrible. These issues steered me away from Prinsu roof rack for the 4Runner, so the search for a quality rack began.

I read numerous reviews, along with complete guide articles out there and the designs and cost of many of the racks just didn’t suit me.

I had been eyeing the Victory 4×4 full-length roof rack for several months after I took delivery of the 4Runner.

I finally pulled the trigger… And in about 15 days I got the tracking info for the rack.

Who is Victory 4×4?

Victory 4×4 has been making their way into the Toyota Overlanding community for some time now. Their background with another company was in building off-road rock crawling Jeep parts and now with the Victory 4×4, they are focused on Toyota.

Most of their parts when they started were for the Tacoma and recently, they have been getting into Tundra and 4Runner applications. Recently they launched their 5th Gen 4Runner low profile bumper and it has made its way into the hands of many owners.

Unboxing the rack revealed:

All wrapped for shipping protection and once all opened up, I found nothing had been damaged during the shipping process. Assembly (which I failed to take pictures of) took about 45 minutes and I employed the assistance of my wife to get it on top of the 4Runner.

At first glance, the rack looked great, even though it was just sitting up there with nothing mounted.

Durable Crossbars For Max Weight Capacity

Victory 4x4 Off-Road Full-Length Roof Rack: Review For the 5th Gen 4Runner: Durable Crossbars For Max Weight Capacity

Everything lined up perfect and the supplied hardware worked like it should (unlike the hardware I received from Prinsu).

The crossbars really add to the rigidity of the rack.

I’m 230 pounds and was able to stand on top of the rack without it bowing or showing any signs of stress.

Built-In Noise-Reducing Wind Deflector

Victory 4x4 Off-Road Full-Length Roof Rack: Review For the 5th Gen 4Runner: Built-In Noise-Reducing Wind Deflector  

I got the wind deflector with the light bar cutout and Victory sends light bar mounting brackets with the rack which is awesome.

The wind noise from this rack is far less than both Prinsu racks I’ve owned and it looks great on top of the 4Runner.

So far, I only have one permanently mounted item which is a 36” Plano all-weather rifle case which I use to hold tools and recovery items. I have not noticed any degradation in fuel economy after 4K miles with the rack installed.

No-Drill, Easy Install Quality Roof Rack

Victory 4x4 Off-Road Full-Length Roof Rack: Review For the 5th Gen 4Runner: No-Drill, Easy Install Quality Roof Rack

Anyone looking for a quality rack that looks great and has endless functionalities, I highly recommend the Victory rack.

Simple assembly, easy install, and plenty of accessory mounting options available from Victory.

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Jeff - @jeffsteffens2
Jeff - @jeffsteffens2
July 26, 2020 10:04 pm

I’m looking at the 3/4 rack. But I have a Yakima surfboard rack I want to mount on this. What is the clearance between the roof and the bottom of the crossbar on the outside of the rack?
Thanks

Yandy dezayas
Yandy dezayas
April 9, 2020 3:57 pm

Hi there! My question is I see you have a bOx mount on top of your victory 4×4 I have the same but I can’t find anything online on what exact bolts I need that can slide in the C channels of the rack.
Thank you

Monnea
Monnea
June 29, 2020 8:15 pm
Reply to  Yandy dezayas

Same here! I’m having issues finding the right bolt size. Even have checked hardware stores. Anyone have any details? Thanks!

Johnny
Johnny
February 13, 2020 10:24 am

I’m looking between the prinsu and victory full length roof rack and came across your article. I’m pretty much sold on the victory rack after reading this. I do have one question though..I have a 2019 trd pro 4runner and currently have the gobi ladder that is made to work with the pro ( fj) looking roof rack. Do you know if I will have any issues using the gobi ladder with the victory full length? Prinsu users say there is no issues since they can move and adjust the last cross bar. Thanks in advance for any info you… Read more »

Eli Arnold
Eli Arnold
January 2, 2020 5:47 pm

Did those light bar mounts come with it? I bought a rack from them and they gave me a set of cheap stainless ones that don’t put the light bar above the wind deflector.

Bobby Bailey
Bobby Bailey
December 13, 2019 3:38 am

Hey gang. Do you know what Series 80/20 is used for this?

Felix
Felix
October 8, 2019 12:10 pm

Good afternoon Brian, thank you for the video. Have you tried putting a roof tent with this rack and have you installed a ladder to it?
Thank You for your time
Felix

Dan Reebs
Dan Reebs
October 3, 2019 5:39 am

What are you using for a ladder?

Ryan
Ryan
September 26, 2019 3:51 pm

I just recently bought a 2019 4runner and have been banging my head trying to decide on the best roof rack! I’ve looked into Prinsu, Rhino rack and many others, I also came across this Victory 4×4 rack, looks real nice on a 4runner. The problem I’m having is I don’t really overland, but do get on some rough roads and do road trips and camping, every time I look at these type of racks guys are usually hauling recovery stuff roof tents, what I want to know is does anybody just strap down cargo bags or cooler, storage boxes,… Read more »

Chase
Chase
September 26, 2019 4:02 pm
Reply to  Ryan

I have the Rhino Pioneer Backbone system. I use it to carry camping, rock climbing gear, strollers, cooler, and anything else. No tent. Its great because its a flat rack and has wide support planks. Its also composite and aluminum so it will hold up well.

Bobby
Bobby
November 19, 2019 11:59 am
Reply to  Ryan

Ryan – I just bought and installed mine, I am having second thoughts – if you are interested still hit me up.
Second thoughts are purely cosmetic for me.

Charlie Jackson
Charlie Jackson
January 1, 2020 10:01 am
Reply to  Bobby

Bobby, are you wanting to sell your Victory Roof rack?

Megan
Megan
September 26, 2019 2:57 pm

Just installed this rack last weekend. Taking it on a 2 week road trip up to Oregon from Texas. I’ll have to report back on how I like it. I’m happy to see there’s finally a write up on this rack though, I was able to read quite a few forums on it before I splurged on it.

Matthew Burg
Matthew Burg
September 26, 2019 2:23 pm

This looks great. I wish I would have seen their stuff earlier. It looks like they have pretty high quality material and so far positive reviews from what I’ve seen. I just installed southern style off-road rack and from what I can tell The victory looks very similar in construction. I’m very interested in seeing other products get reviewed by these guys as well. Their prices seem very competitive and their lead times are pretty short compared to some of the other places.

Colin
Colin
September 26, 2019 2:21 pm

I’m surprised you still haven’t taken a look at or brought to everyone’s attention, the Rago Fabrication Modular Factory Rail Support System. From what I can tell, it will hold anything the other racks do, doesn’t add any extra height to the roof of the vehicle and is a better deal ($599). Just a thought. 🙂

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Brenan - @Trail4R
September 26, 2019 2:33 pm
Reply to  Colin

Colin, someone did a review a while back on the LFD Off-Road Rack. Same concept. If you are up for it, throw a review together.

Colin
Colin
September 26, 2019 2:51 pm

Cool. Thanks for the heads up.

Mat
Mat
September 28, 2019 8:49 am
Reply to  Colin

Looks like Victory just made their own crossbars that work with the factory rack.

https://www.victory4x4.com/product/V4RRK-CS.html

Jim
Jim
October 14, 2019 5:37 am
Reply to  Mat

I bought 2 of these. Not impressed, in addition to taking twice as long as they had said to be made none of the pre drilled holes seem to line up with any brackets. I tried multiple common brackets for my ARB awning, including the ARB brackets, and nothing lined up with their crossbars. I ended up having to drill the ARB brackets.

Chris
Chris
September 26, 2019 2:09 pm

Can you provide more pictures of how the light-bar works with this? Which light bar are you using?

Michael Allen
Michael Allen
September 26, 2019 2:07 pm

I also have this rack. Overall I am very please with the rack. I would like to point out a few additional observations: 1. The slots for the cross bars are about 1/2″ short of being able to mount a second crossbar in the same slot and get 4 screws in. You can get 2 screws in the second crossbar though. I wanted to double up on crossbars so I would not have a crossbar right over my sunroof, but still have the bar mounted on the truck so it was always available when needed. I have passed this on… Read more »

Snow Yeti
Snow Yeti
September 26, 2019 8:39 am

Thank you for the write up. Seriously considering replacing my Rhino Pioneer Backbone with this.

Question. Any creaking noise after you have been using it? I noticed on the Victory site it looks like they are using anti-seize on the ends of the aluminum rails.

Brian Meyers
Brian Meyers
September 26, 2019 1:36 pm
Reply to  Snow Yeti

Snow Yeti,

We are using anti-seize because you are combining two different metals. Stainless bolts into aluminum rails. This is to keep the stainless bolts from seizing into the cross bars.

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